Last week saw YouTuber Grace Randolph state that Marvel Studios was planning on recreating Chadwick Boseman using CGI. As with all rumours, we should always take them with a pinch of salt and this is no exception. While Randolph was pretty convincing in her statement we now have confirmation that the plan from Marvel is not to use CGI to recreate Boseman.
In a recent interview with an Argentine newspaper, Marvel Studios’ Executive Vice President, Victoria Alonso was asked about the rumour. Alonso had the following to say:
No. There’s only one Chadwick, and he’s not with us. Our king, unfortunately, has died in real life, not just in fiction, and we are taking a little time to see how we return to the story and what we do to honour this chapter of what has happened to us that was so unexpected, so painful, so terrible, really. Because Chadwick was not only a wonder of being human every day that we spend together the five years that we spend together, but it also seems to me that as a character what he did elevated us as a company, and has left his moment in history. I know that sometimes two months go by or three months go by in production and one says, already, it was a long time. But it is not a long time, we have to think carefully about what we are going to do, and how, and think about how we are going to honour the franchise.
While this clearly states that they are not planning to use CGI it also shows the studio is currently unsure of the best way to honour the actor and franchise. How the studio will move forward with this project is yet to be confirmed but following the statement from Marvel Studios in September that they are “processing its grief and that its focus at this stage is to pay tribute to Boseman and not on the making of a Black Panther sequel.” I think the priority will remain on honouring Boseman rather than concentrating on the sequel.
Black Panther 2 is slated for release in May 6th 2020 but this may be moved as they decide on the best way forward. While we wait for more news on this why not check out our tribute below to our King, The Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman.